Michael explores the cross-over between Fantasy and SF, hence his preference for "hard fantasy". Hard fantasy reads like fantasy, but is SF under the hood. The genre appears to make the impossible probable, yet, on closer inspection, makes the improbable possible--SF territory. His dream is to live in a Calatrava execution of an Escher blueprint and he likes to quip that writing epic fantasy is an epic undertaking.
Michael is an aspiring author, working his way through the publishing world. He likes to report from the trenches. Check out some of his musings on Fiction University:
- "Muzzle your inner magician"
- "Speculative Ninjas for the win!"
- "On Genre Angst"
- "On Critiquette and Beta Reader Etiquette"
Keep an eye out for future work. Michael finished a novel set in a world where few things are as they seem. Yep, it's hard fantasy and will eventually do the submission rounds. The setting is a pseudo-Alhambrian world at the fault line of three cultures: the High People, the Badawi nomads and the Lowari tribes. The story centers around Dara, the surgeon's apprentice, and her quest to bring healing to her persecuted twins and their divided society. It's action packed and full of twists.
"Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it."
--Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Angel's Game